We arrived at our house around 6 last night and despite calling her and checking the garden until we went to bed there was no sign of our cat Grigio. It was such a beautiful sunny morning that both of us were out tidying the garden after breakfast, ignoring the dust and unpacking in the house. Around 11 Grigio arrived, a little thin but healthy and delighted to see is, she hasn’t stopped chattering all day, except when she’s been eating.
Just before lunch Mario arrived and we thanked him lots for caring for Grigio but he had to tell us that her sister Crema had been killed on the road outside his house. We’d worried for months about Grigio and whether we’d see her again, we never imagined Crema was at risk. Mario told us he’d brought her back to our house where she was born and buried her in our orchard among the olive trees.
So while we are overjoyed to have Grigio here we are so sad for Crema and also as Mario told us his elderly ginger cat, who sometimes used to walk up to us and stay a day or so, had also died.
It was last year while we were in the UK that Crema decided to move down to Marios and she was well cared for there, We used to see her quite often last summer, stopping for a cuddle if we were out walking past the house, we will miss her as will Mario and his family. She was a beautiful cat.
Grigio is beside me now on the sofa, it’s like we’ve never been apart though she hardly let’s me out of her sight, don’t worry we are here for at least three months Brexit or not, and hopefully until the end of the year.